Daniel Ricciardo finished third at the German Grand Prix, achieving his first podium position since his win at Monaco in 2018.
The Australian started the race in sixth place but quickly overtook Alex Albon in the Red Bull and then chased down Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari.
After Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was forced to pit by a big lock-up and then retire due to power issues, Ricciardo then found himself in third and managed to maintain the position until the safety car was deployed on lap 44 when he entered the pits. Sergio Perez then moved in front of him for a lap before he pitted himself.
From then on, Ricciardo managed to stay in front of the Racing Point by holding Perez off after the restart and extending his lead beyond DRS range.
Speaking to Sky F1 after the race, he said: “It’s been a while. It feels like the first podium all over again. I think it’s been two and a half years or something.
“The feeling is really nice, it’s fresh. We’ve all waited a long time for this so I think everyone’s going to soak it up.
“I was very close to getting Max (Verstappen) but us tousling meant Perez got very close and I thought he was going to get me into Turn four. It was pretty stressful.
“When we signed on the dotted line for this Renault contract, it was to be up here and get a podium by year two and we’ve achieved that.
“Obviously next year is another story, I’m moving on but I think this really does cap a pretty cool story that we’ve had and shared for these two years and the good news is it’s not over yet.
“I’m very positive and excited for next year, but I would much rather end on a high. I’m just really happy we’ve had a successful season and to be fighting up at the front again, that’s what I want.”
Whilst there was no appearance of a “shoey” on the podium, Ricciardo looks forward to choosing a tattoo for Renault Team Principal, Cyril Abiteboul, who agreed to get one if he got on the podium.
Abiteboul told Sky F1, “The timing is good, but the timing is just a fact that the team has progressed. We understand the car better, the setup works better.
“It’s been a very long race. The emotion was very high and the tension was very high. There are some things that have clicked between Daniel and this car.
“I think the confidence level has improved but simply because he has got a better car. He’s capable of doing what he wants. I think the predictability of the car is also much better than what it used to be.”
Today’s results now see Ricciardo in fourth place in the drivers’ standings on 78 points, and Renault in fifth on 114.